Gresham Inns, the fledgling business led by entrepreneur Will Clayton, is close to adding two further sites under its iconic Cork & Bottle wine bar brand in central London. Having acquired the iconic wine bar brand in 2011, Clayton is keen to roll out the offer and said he was close to agreeing terms on the first of two new sites in central London. Clayton said: “The moment I first stepped into the Cork & Bottle in Leicester Square I knew this had the potential to be a brand that could spread across London and, potentially the south east. “I intend to get behind the Cork & Bottle brand in 2012 and establish it as a multiple-site wine bar, each offering great wines from around the World, carefully selected by our buyers. It’s also important for me to create venues that have something for everyone – wine can be very intimidating, but I believe our USP is our ability to provide an offer that exceeds expectation whatever the consumer’s wine knowledge and always in an inclusive and friendly manner.” The original Cork & Bottle in Leicester Square was established in 1971 by Don Hewitson and has become renowned as a haven for wine drinkers and those looking to expand their knowledge of wine from around the world. Clayton also operates the Pride of Paddington pub in the capital.

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